PROMISING HYDROCARBON POTENTIAL SEEN IN CANNING BASIN OFF AUSTRALIA

Virginia L. Passmore Bureau of Mineral Resources Geology & Geophysics Canberra The Canning basin is a large Phanerozoic sedimentary basin on the northwest coast of Western Australia (Fig. 1) and is comparable in size to Texas. The western one third of the basin is offshore. The Australian federal government and West Australian state government have released nine large vacant areas, encompassing a total of 1,420 blocks in the offshore part of the Canning basin, in the May 1991 Release of

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